ios 9.x - ipv6 Test not work.. (CURLE_COULDNT_CONNECT) #594

masteage opened this Issue Jan 8, 2016 · 17 comments


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masteage commented Jan 8, 2016


  • curl version
    • v7.39.0 , v7.40.0
  • device
    • iPhone 5s , ios 9.1
  • Xcode version
    • 6.4
  • wifi
    • Mac OS X El Capitan shared wifi (NAT64)




  • version info data
    • curl_version_info_data->features (573980) ,CURL_VERSION_IPV6 == false.
  • url
    • ipv6 able (other ios native api use test)


  • how to solve this..
bagder commented Jan 8, 2016

Are you running a program that works fine otherwise on other platforms (like native mac) ?

CURLE_COULDNT_CONNECT means libcurl failed to establish a TCP connection to the remote host (and port). Are you sure you're supposed to be able to without using a proxy or any other similar means? Can you telnet to that host + port from the same machine that curl fails to work on?

Can you generate a full VERBOSE-enabled log for when you do this and show us?

I don't think we have many iPhone users among or developers so I think you're left a bit on your own to further debug this. But me knowingly, it should just work fine on iOS as well.

Have you gotten this to work with any other libcurl version?

bagder commented Jan 8, 2016

if ipv4 works and ipv6 doesn't, that sounds more like an OS issue then anything else to me. libcurl really doesn't do much difference between IP versions and CURLE_COULDNT_CONNECT means that connect() returned a failure. What else can we do?

masteage commented Jan 8, 2016

thanks, your answer.
i will more test ... (other network , os, device)

masteage commented Jan 8, 2016

(1) how to check ipv6 able?

  • curl_version_info->features & CURL_VERSION_IPV6 check is

(2) if ipv6 check is “curl_version_info->features & CURL_VERSION_IPV6” ,
this value when change? [lib time change(setting) or runtime change?]

(3) hot to set ipv6 able ?

  • in code able ?

(etc) curl_version_info->features value (ipv6 not work state)

  • 573980 (false values)

(my code)
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, url);
header = curl_slist_append( header , "Content-Type: text/html");
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER , header );
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION, func);
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_WRITEHEADER, strRecvHeader);
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_WRITEDATA, strRecvBody);
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS , strData.c_str() );
curl_easy_setopt( curl , CURLOPT_POST , true );
curl_easy_setopt( curl, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 10);

res = curl_easy_perform(curl);

bagder commented Jan 8, 2016

The CURL_VERSION_IPV6 bit is set if libcurl "supports IPv6". With that set, it can resolve host names to IPv6 addresses. Without it, it can't so it can't do IPv6 at all. So if your libcurl is built without IPv6 support, the problem is not exactly what you've said (since you can't use IPv6) and again it would've showed in the VERBOSE log you have not shown us.

You need a libcurl built to support IPv6 in order to use IPv6.

bagder commented Jan 11, 2016

A libcurl without IPv6 support cannot speak IPv6.

@bagder bagder closed this Jan 11, 2016

(1) ios device is not VERBOSE log. (simulator is log has)

(2) simulator log (normal case)

*   Trying
* Connected to ( port 80 (#0)
> POST / HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 1388
Expect: 100-continue

< HTTP/1.1 100 Continue
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:25:45 GMT
< Server: Apache
< Upgrade: h2c
< Connection: Upgrade
< Last-Modified: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:05:02 GMT
< ETag: "bda-5290634075674"
< Accept-Ranges: bytes
< Content-Length: 3034
< Vary: Accept-Encoding
< Content-Type: text/html
* Connection #0 to host left intact
bagder commented Jan 12, 2016

But that "normal case" shows it only using IPv4... An IPv6 capable curl would be more likely to say this:

$ curl -v
* Rebuilt URL to:
*   Trying 2a00:1a28:1200:9::2...
* Connected to (2a00:1a28:1200:9::2) port 80 (#0)
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> User-Agent: curl/7.46.0
> Accept: */*
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:41:29 GMT
< Server: Apache

(1) yes, "normal case" is using IPv4 (ios simulator)
(2) i used cocos2s-x's curl lib (ios device is not enabled)
(3) my build lib - ios device is not enabled setting , why ??? i just default build. (from v0.7.40)

  • i386 , x86_64 is "checking whether to enable IPv6... yes"
  • armv7 , arm64 is "checking whether to enable IPv6... no"
bagder commented Jan 12, 2016

When it says 'no', load the config.log file and search for the ipv6 test and you'll see what it tried to do and what failed. I think the problem is that when you cross-compile, that test doesn't really work. I would probably recommend you to manually edit lib/curl_config.h after configure has run and enable IPv6 there.

bagder commented Jan 12, 2016

I will actually switch the default for that for the next curl version.

@bagder bagder added a commit that referenced this issue Jan 12, 2016
@bagder bagder configure: assume IPv6 works when cross-compiled
The configure test uses AC_TRY_RUN to figure out if an ipv6 socket
works, and testing like that doesn't work for cross-compiles. These days
IPv6 support is widespread so a blind guess is probably more likely to
be 'yes' than 'no' now.

Further: anyone who cross-compiles can use configure's --disable-ipv6 to
explicitly disable IPv6 and that also works for cross-compiles.

Made happen after discussions in issue #594

thanks, your answer.
my default setting is bug.
add "--enable-ipv6" is solution.
and, change default setting thanks.


@masteage Is you app approved after change? I use to build curl with openssl, it can pass the DNS64/NAT64 local settings. But it's still rejected on Apple review ipv6 environment.

SpringMT commented Sep 2, 2016

@flyingsky Is Apple review still rejected?

reasten commented Feb 8, 2017

Under IPV6 environment, curl returns ok while running on simulators, but curl returns error while running on real iPhone device.I added the following code in my program to check IPV6 features:
curl_version_info_data *d=curl_version_info(CURLVERSION_NOW);
printf("feature=%04x, CURL_VERSION_IPV6=%d\n ",d->features, CURL_VERSION_IPV6);
The results shows the followings:
(1) CURL_VERSION_IPV6=1 under both emulators and real devices
(2) the lowest bit of features = 1 under emulators
(3) the lowest bit of features = 0 under real devices
according to ./lib/version.c if Enable_IPV6, the lowest bit(CURL_VERSION_IPV6) should be 1. but du to some faults, it is set to 0 under armv7 , arm64.

jay commented Feb 8, 2017

(1) CURL_VERSION_IPV6=1 under both emulators and real devices
(2) the lowest bit of features = 1 under emulators
(3) the lowest bit of features = 0 under real devices

That feature is set at built time, so if you build libcurl with IPv6 support it will always show that bit in features. Also please don't piggyback on this issue. If you have libcurl questions ask them on the mailing list, or if you have a bug you can file it as a separate issue. I'm 99% sure that's not a bug though, very likely you are running some different version of libcurl not built with IPv6 support.

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